- Agility – Cloud application infrastructure supports the rapid provisioning of new features and capabilities in reaction to business needs
- Speed – The cloud allows for application performance capacity to flex (increase and reduce) based on long- and short-term needs (seasonal spikes, etc.)
- Accessibility – The cloud enables broad application accessibility, with the ability to standardize globally, which simplifies user adoption
- Reliability – Cloud applications, when virtualized, facilitate instant failover and high reliability, ensuring that applications are available when users need them, and are crucial to disaster recovery.
4 Ways the Cloud Helps Engage Millennials at Work, and was immediately intrigued by some of its insights, most notably the idea of mastery. In the article, Pat Patterson defines mastery in context of a separating factor between millennials and those born before 1982. "The innate ability to quickly access answers via the mobile Internet–instantly mastering one’s world–is arguably a key difference between the average Millennial, born between 1982 and 2000 and the Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964. As one Baby Boomer turns 65 every 8 seconds and many consider retiring, new Millennials are entering the workforce, each armed with the innate ability to leverage Web and computing tools that did not exist a decade ago." I am not a millennial, but I am happy to say that I have mastered "mastery." And as many co-workers, clients and friends will attest, you can still remember what year Pink Floyd's "The Wall" came out from experiencing it, yet also pinpoint the exact day it was released and how many copies were sold in its first year thanks to our mobile mastery. This knowledge-based pool of workers, millennials and older, can spark creativity and rapid development of new strategies to solve workplace problems. And the cloud, and mobile phones of course, have helped that. "The true benefit of the cloud is the ability of the application infrastructure to rapidly transform and adapt to business needs, " details Patterson. "Below are four cloud benefits that support an IT organization’s ability to provide the need for immediate access to tools and knowledge that support employee Mastery, in turn, increasing employee motivation: